Consultation responses


Public consultation is an important component of best practice in the policy-making process. Effective consultation processes can contribute to accountability in the policy making process, better quality policy decisions and enhanced engagement with policy implementation built upon participation in policy design. Access information on how to find government consultations from across the island here.

IPH regularly respond to relevant policy consultations in Ireland, Northern Ireland and, when relevant, internationally. This is one of the ways in which IPH influences public policy to protect and improve population health and reduce health inequalities on the island. 

We strive to develop consultation responses that are clear, accessible and evidence-based. As well as responding to consultations undertaken by lead health departments and agencies, we also respond to consultations by other sectors where we identify a clear public health concern. In this way, IPH consultation responses contribute towards a health in all policies approach on the island of Ireland. 

We subject our work in the area of consultation responses to processes of annual review and continuous quality development. We welcome feedback on our consultation responses. 

Our most recent consultation responses are listed below and can be searched by keyword and/or year. Links to the original consultation document, reports on consultation responses and final strategy/policy documents are also provided. 

Information on all European consultations can now be sourced at the Your Voice in Europe website

For further information, please contact Arlene McKay at +44 (0)28 9064 8494 or email

9 Dec 2009
The European Commission launced a public consultation iin October 2009 on stakeholder views regarding the rationale, scope and strategic objectives for an EU role in global health.  Access the EU Commission issues paper
5 Oct 2009
IPH responded to the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment in Northern Ireland (DETI) consultation on a draft Strategic Energy Framework 2009. 
8 Sep 2009
Submission to the Northern Ireland Assembly Committee for Regional Development   Committee Inquiry into Sustainable Transport 2nd September 2009 Introduction The Institute of Public Health in Ireland
5 Aug 2009
Background to the consultation:
10 Jun 2009
IPH response to consultation on the Food Standards Agency Strategy for 2010 to 2015
10 Apr 2009
The European Commission's Directorate-General for 'Health and Consumers' (DG SANCO) launched a consultation on EU action to reduce health inequalities which closed on 15 April 2009. 
27 Mar 2009
Below is the IPH response to the Northern Ireland Utility Regulator's Social Action Plan 2009-2014
27 Mar 2009
IPH have responded to the draft Department of Environment (DoE) consultation on Planning Policy Statement 21 (PPS 21).